“The End” will begin again for Black Sabbath on Saturday (February 6) in Seattle.
The group plans to return to the road after postponing shows during the past week in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver due to an Ozzy Osbourne illness, but his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, went on CBS's "The Talk" on Thursday (February 4) to promise he'll be back and "ready to rock."
Osbourne explained that her husband is "doing so much better. He had sinusitis, which went to bronchitis and he said that he felt like he had the Pacific Ocean in his ear and he couldn't hear properly. It's been a nightmare."
Ozzy did not bow out of the shows lightly, either, she added: "To have a responsibility of performing with his band Black Sabbath, the crew, the fans, even the opening act -- he just sat at home...waiting, waiting, waiting. And he feels a huge responsibility. He feels guilty for being sick...He will be in Seattle on Saturday. He will be ready to rock."
Sabbath currently has dates booked into October and is rumored to be touring into 2017.
The End, of course, is the band's farewell tour, and bassist Geezer Butler tells us the band members' ages had something to do with the decision to pull the plug:
"We're all getting up there in our age and while we're still at the top of our profession both musically and aesthetically then we wanted to go out on the top, and we feel this is the right time to do it...This is definitely the end."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.